Empire United Soccer Academy

Pre-Academy Overview

Boys Pre-Development Academy Program

Purpose:  The Pre-Academy program was developed in response to US Soccer's initiative to develop more players, beginning at younger ages.  Due to Empire's geographic location we only have DA Boys teams at u15, u17, and u19 age groups (similar to other DA clubs from remote locations of the US, including MLS clubs such as Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Sporting KC). As a member of the US Soccer Development Academy, Empire United is taking initiative to develop those players who have the ambition and aspirations to become a world class player, and to contribute to Youth National Teams and competitive college soccer programs during their career...at an age before they can play for the u15 DA team at Empire United.


Boys Pre-Development Academy Program Overview

Empire’s Pre-Development Academy training is a supplemental program for players who desire regular elite level training and competition at an early age.

All PDA sessions are organized by Rory Charcholla (Boys u19 Head coach and Boys DA Director) and Paul Valenti (Boys u17 Head coach and Boys DA Associate Director).  All training sessions are run and implemented by DA/PDA Staff members...the sessions themselves being led by DA staff members Michael Tanke and Andrew Lill.


Like with our full-time Developmental Academy teams, Empire’s aim is to provide the highest standard of training in WNY (this is why the same coaches who work with the full-time teams will be running the PDA). By focusing on technique as well as organized attack, defense, and transition moments, our coaching philosophy is to develop the individual player as well as introduce the group to our club’s Style of Play and Identity exercises.


This approach to the PDA sets a clear pathway for these young players who wish to graduate to the Boys DA Full-Time teams of the future.  


• Provide elite players with elite-level coaching and training at younger ages, on a weekly basis
• Train elite players against other elite players, providing a competitive development platform
• Allow elite players a Development Academy experience prior to being at the age level when a Full-Time Development Academy team exist